30 September 2010 08:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--LANXESS will spend around €3m ($4m) on equipping its iron oxide colour pigment production plant at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site with new pre-filter units as part of a world-wide modernisation project, the German specialty chemicals company said on Thursday.
"The modernisation is part of the worldwide project we are currently implementing at all our production sites to optimise processes, enhance efficiency and improve logistics procedures,” said Jorg Hellwig, head of the company’s inorganic pigments business unit.
“The aim is to meet constantly mounting customer demand around the world as effectively as possible," he added.
According to LANXESS, the new pre-filters will raise the throughput to the filter units, permitting more efficient supply to the downstream dryers.
"This simplifies product flow and ensures better control,” said Franz Mory, the engineer in the project team responsible for the modernisation work.
“It makes us more flexible in terms of order management and means that we can supply our customers more reliably. The newly installed pumps also lower electricity consumption by around 5%," he added.
The inorganic pigments business unit belongs to the company’s performance chemicals segment, which achieved total sales in fiscal 2009 of €1.53bn, LANXESS said.
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